The commencement of any Formula 1 Grand Prix is a special occasion, but not all races are created equal.
There’s been discussion in the past of creating special “Grand Slam” races that would reward more points than others on the Formula 1 calendar. The concept is very much like professional tennis. With this discussion came the inevitable question of which races are prized enough to carry the title of a “Grand Slam”. While opinions have varied greatly, I’d like to nominate the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps.
Something about Formula 1 at Spa just feels right. The ever-changing weather conditions, the beautiful landscape and track’s rich history, all play an important role in making this one of the must see races on the Formula 1 calendar.
While the long straights and state of the art facilities of the Tilke tracks provide a nice contrast to the sport, something about the older tracks just makes more sense. The image of a modern day F1 car barreling down the straights at Monza is an image that’s tough to replicate and it’s what makes these historic tracks so special.
It’s been a long August break and as we say goodbye to summer, we say hello to the return of Formula 1. I’m more excited than I’ve been all season and that’s partly because the next 2 races are 2 of my favorites. The Belgian Grand Prix is this Sunday, followed by the Italian Grand Prix at Monza (just saying it gives me chills) next Sunday.
It’s going to be a fantastic couple of weeks for Formula 1 and you can expect to hear about it all on A Class. Stay tuned!